New fund helps to improve the lives of the elderly

A new £70 million fund hopes to improve the lives of the elderly, according to wired-gov.net.

The capital which has been raised by both the Big Lottery Fund and The Daily Mail will go towards causes which help to enhance the lives of older people. It comes after a recent survey found that elderly people spend up to six hours alone each day, which sometimes leads to mental health issues such as depression.

The 'Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better' scheme comes after the two organisations teamed up for 2011's 'Silver Dreams Fund', which awarded cash to 37 "inspirational projects", as well as £5 million that was donated last year by the companies also. The new fund will be transferred to local groups with innovative ideas about the situation over the next six years.

Anyone suffering from depression, whatever age, may want to try methods such as counselling courses or anti-depressants to try and help them with the issue.

Nat Sloane, chairman of the Big Lottery Fund England told dailymail.co.uk: "'Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better' is a game-changing opportunity that focuses our minds on the opportunities that an ageing society provides for us all. The Big Lottery Fund is turning what is a threat into a positive by placing older people in the driving seat of change."

She continued: "Older people and their needs will be at the heart of services for them, ensuring their voices are heard."